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Is the Great Tribulation Upon Us?

July 13, 2014

There’s an ancient Chinese curse that goes something like this: “May you live in interesting times”.

It seems like, we are living in “interesting” times, indeed.

There’s more than just a few people out there resurrecting the ghost of the post-tribulational rapture theory. This is more in response to current events than it is to biblical eschatology. As Dispensationalists, we must judge everything by the Word of God, rightly divided.

The Tribulation is described in the Word as something “such as has not happened from the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt. 24:21). Again: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the sons of thy People [Israel]: and there shall be the great Tribulation, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time…” (Dan. 12:1). It is also referred to as: “… the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jer. 30:27). All of these references come contextually from Scripture that concerns itself with Israel, not the Body of Christ.

The Great Tribulation is declared to be the Wrath of God: “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (Rev. 15:1), yet since the Body of Christ is delivered from that wrath: “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Rom. 5:9), why is it that so many professors insist upon dragging The Body into that wrath through the post-tribulation rapture theory?

WARNING!

Warning

Dangerous Truth Ahead.

Mankind is made up of Biblically-defined sinful creatures. There’s no denying it. The proof is in the pudding: everyone still dies and death, Biblically, is the wages of sin.

Sin corrupts everything it touches. It takes our very best intentions and turns them into filthy, stinking lies. ” Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 53:3).

“Every one of them …”. We are “them”. All of us. The Christian, a truly converted member of the Body is still one of “them”; with this single distinction, we have been declared righteous by virtue of the faith of Jesus Christ. And we are mostly alone because we have chosen to leave the “great house”, (II Tim. 2:20) and it’s “form of godliness” behind. We are persecuted by the religious system we have turned away from. They see us as weak and needy. Objects of ridicule and scorn. “All the brethren of a needy one do hate him: How much more do his friends withdraw from him? He seeketh words of friendship, But there are none.” (Prov. 19:7) Still, we have this comfort: “Yea, and all that desire to live godly in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted.” (II Tim. 3:12). Yes, that’s a comfort because it’s a conformation. We are comforted because we hold to the Head (Col. 2:19) and live in Christ.

So what does that have to do with the question of the Great Tribulation? Much, indeed. For, it separates us from those professors who are more concerned with this world and the things of this world than they are with God and the things of God. Matthew 24 was not addressed to the Body of Christ. It is addressed to the House of Israel, through the Twelve. It pertains to the coming earthly Kingdom which will be established as fulfillment of the promises made to Israel. All those things happen after the Body of Christ has been manifested with Christ in glory (Col. 3:4). We see events today which are pointing towards the Second Coming and the establishment of that Kingdom but, for us, the Body of Christ, we should continuing to “… press toward the mark unto the prize of the calling on high of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:14). There’s no shout. No voice of an archangel. No trumpet peal here, as in 1Thess._4:16 (which was an event for Israel, had they repented). In this event, Christ Himself is manifested, silently and invisibly. He receives those running the race. That’s “the Rapture” for the members of the Body of Christ. It’s a resurrection from out from the dead. The Greek is: anastasis nekron, the “out-resurrection”. It’s as though the Body has been surrounded by the dead since it’s inception. This event removes it from the dead which has encompassed it for so long.

Let us join with the Apostle Paul in leaving the “great house” of man-made religion, religious tradition and imagination behind, forgetting it all, and pressing on to the mark.

“Let us therefore, as many as be mature, have this in mind: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal also this unto you. Nevertheless, to which point we have already come, let us walk by the same, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, become fellow-imitators of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for a pattern. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly [own self], and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our citizenship exists even now in the heavens; from which we eagerly wait for the Saviour also, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change the fashion of our body of humiliation, to be conformed unto the body of His glory, according to the working of His ability even to subject all things unto Himself. ” (Phil. 3:15-21).

Remember: “If ye then were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Mind things above, not on things on the earth. For ye died, and your life has been laid up in store with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also be manifested with Him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4).

Even so, come Lord Jesus. I can hardly wait! How about you?

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How the Power Behind Obama May Destroy the United States

February 7, 2014

It’s been quite along time since I wrote in this blog. The reason is that the events of the recent past have been moving at such breakneck speeds that it’s been virtually impossible to keep up.

The Power Behind the Man

What got me going today was this article posted on the on-line edition of USA Today for February 7. This excerpt is so telling:

On February 4, the Congressional Budget Office released new long-term economic projections. Over the next ten years, they envision millions of new jobs in a growing economy – but up to 2.5 million fewer full-time equivalent workers by 2024 compared with what would have been the case without the Affordable Care Act. This was decried by opponents of health reform as evidence that the law is a "job killer."

Quite the opposite is true. Health reform is undoing what is known as "job lock" – a reluctance to change jobs for fear of losing employer-sponsored health insurance. About three out of five full-time American workers get health insurance through their employers. Millions have experienced what experts call job lock. In a 2004 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 27% of workers cited health insurance as the primary reason they would not change jobs or retire.

So, what does this all mean? On the surface, it looks like the Fabian Socialist/Progressive/Democrat/liberal Party is seeking, rather than giving people a hand-up, enabling them to raise themselves up and work to better their situations, instead, to expand government power by expanding the enslavement of more and more people to government largess through an appeal to a fictional fear of not having “health care”.

The line seems to be going: “Don’t worry about working three part-time jobs to secure your health care. You can work just one or two, if you want, and spend the extra time on leisure activities or tucking your children into bed and singing to them.”

Is that all there is to it? Is it just about power, money and fear over lost health care, or;is there something more behind it? Something deeper?Something more fundamental?

This is what God has said in Genesis 3: 16-19:

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee,saying,Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake;in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Since that day, the day of the First Rebellion, Mankind has fought against that curse,the fruit of their Rebellion. Today, we are seeing yet another attempt to overturn that which God has said. Feminism sought to overturn verse 16. It failed. So the tactics have been changed. A wider appeal to Mankind’s sin nature was needed. They may have found it in the trumped-up fear of losing one’s health care and the generalized attitude of entitlement and greed.

In other words, you don’t have to eat of the cursed ground any longer. Government will feed you. No more sorting through the thistles. No more dawn-to-dusk, back-breaking work; sweating to make ends meet.Government will comfort and relieve your sorrows by providing your health care. You can have a job, if you like. An easy job. No sweating required. Who knows? The Government may even overcome the last enemy: death.

This, it seems, is how the Power behind Obama & Company will destroy the United States of America. A country controlled and populated by corrupt people who believe in and embraces the above philosophy cannot serve as a shining light upon a hill to which the world looks for inspiration.

The land of the Free and the home of the Brave will have become a land of Looters.

The ground is nearly prepared for the total collapse of the United States: the last and best linchpin of Western Civilization, and the ascent and establishment of the anti-Christ world.

Revelation 14:15 records:

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap;for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Perhaps an event, similar to the future event therein described, is taking place in the realm of Heaven and we’ll soon realize just what Philippians 3:14 really means.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We who have heard and believed God call it the Rapture. What comes after? The Great Tribulation; which is the subject of many prophecies and the subject of The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Paraphrasing that final book:

The United States of America is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Are we there yet? Not totally. Can we recover from this? Only if a majority of We the People reject the sinful alternative reality being offered up by Obama & Company. Only if we turn from these liars and turn to our God.

Will we?

I do not know.

I do not know.

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The Uniforms We Wear

March 25, 2012

On February 25th of this year, in Stanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, a young, unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood watch.

This post is not about the fact that the young man was black. It is not about the fact that he was not armed, or that the neighborhood watch member was. It is, rather, about the uniform he was wearing, and how it is possible that his uniform had just as much to do with his death as did a bullet.

Please understand, I am not, in any way, shape, or form, making an excuse for the man who did the shooting. Armed citizens must learn to operate well above the fray that surrounds them. They must learn to think first, before resorting to the weapon. Above all else, they need to obey the lawful orders of the police when they are issued. From all the publish accounts, the man from the neighborhood watch was wrong in what he did and he should be punished for it.

Okay. Now, before you, Gentle Reader, decide to go off on me for being "judgmental", remember that we all wear uniforms. It is a matter of choice. That choice is what I’m writing about. The biblical and even the societal prohibitions against judgment are really more concerned with the characteristics of a person that they have no control over. It is said that you can’t chose your parents, your color, or your national origin. That’s pretty obvious. Often, people will find themselves in different situations which they have no control over either. Financial difficulties can result from factors one has little or no control over, such as the homeless, displaced families of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Even our recent economic problems have left many out on the street, due to no fault of their own. Not judging a book by it’s cover refers to such situations. Our uniforms, the uniforms we freely, of our own volition, chose to hang on our bodies however, are a completely different story.

Let’s define just what a uniform is. Uniforms are the clothing, jewelery, and cosmetic attire which we, to one extent or another, all wear. We chose the components based upon need and desire. For example, if you work in an office environment, chances are that you wear some sort of a business suit. That’s your uniform. You wear it because, it’s the acceptable form of dress for the group you are trying to appeal to, fit in with, or emulate. Perhaps, you have to dress a certain way in order to keep your job. If you work in the trades, you will wear a uniform that provides the necessary protection for your skin, eyes, ears, and head. Clothing that fits in such a manner that it keeps you from being eaten alive by a piece of machinery. If you work outside, your uniform will change to suit the changing weather conditions. If you are a soldier, your uniform helps you avoid falling victim to friendly fire. If you work on a ranch, you know why pointed-toe boots, calfskin gloves, and cowboy hats are worn. Whatever the conditions or circumstances, everyone wears a uniform. You may not necessarily like it, but, you like that weekly paycheck enough from the fast-food joint to tolerate the rule that says you have to wear that silly chicken-hat while working.

Uniforms are also how we communicate who we are, and what we are, and what our intentions might be, to people we meet in the course of our day. For instance, you know there’s no need to fear the axe-wielding man who has just kicked in your front door because, he’s wearing the uniform of a Fireman. That shadowy silhouette approaching you out of the fog, on the dark, lonely street where your car has broken down, does not inspire fear in your heart because a nearby streetlight reveals that he’s wearing the uniform of a Policeman.

Those are just two examples of the messages communicated by the uniforms we wear. They are powerful messages and we need to understand that, before we either select for ourselves ourselves, or allow our children to select, a particular uniform to wear.

Children, being ignorant of the ways of the world, are very susceptible to mass-media manipulation, ad-campaigns, and peer-pressure.

An example from my own life may be instructive. When I was in High School, one of my favorite television programs was called "Then Came Bronson", starring Michael Parks. His character, a lone, troubled, individual who, after the death of his brother, traveled around the country on the brother’s motorcycle, which he had inherited. His costume consisted of a Navy watch cap, black tee-shirt, blue denim jeans, boots, a pack of Camel cigarettes rolled-up in his sleeve, and a Harley-Davidson Sportster (although, I chose the big-twin model myself). That appealed to me and so, those things, along with the persona of the character, became my uniform. Even before, I had been somewhat of a loner and that uniform served to isolate me even more from my peers, for whom I had little, if any, use. My uniform kept those noisy, troublesome, superficial, people away from me. Conversely, most people use their uniforms to identify with and to fit in with a particular crowd. That is where the greatest danger lies for young people.

Young boys are too easily misled into believing, for instance, that gang-banger attire is "cool". The rhythm of Rap makes them feel good and the Hip-Hop look gives them a tough, arrogant appearance. Young girls likewise, are conditioned by movies & television, magazines, and older girls, into believe that outrageous or skin-tight clothing, face make-up, outlandish hair styles, body piercings, tattoos and jewelry, attire that is more befitting a prostitute than a "tween" girl, make them look pretty. Tattoos and body piercings are also becoming epidemic among high school aged kids. So many of these kids do not realize where these clothing designs came from, let alone what the piercings and tattoos really represent, not only to the subculture from which they have been appropriated, but to the rest of the world as well. Some do, but that’s a different story altogether.

Today, it has become politically incorrect to guide our children in this area. Most parents, even professing Christian parents, have been duped by Progressive propaganda that dictates they must leave their children to dress any way they desire. It’s not supposed to matter. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

It has been reported that, on the night he was killed, the young man I mentioned above, was wearing, as part of his uniform, a hooded sweatshirt, commonly called a "hoodie". Now, when you combine that item with other articles of clothing that most teenage boys wear, regardless of their family origin, you have a uniform that cries out to a vast majority of people: "gang banger", "hoodlum", "burglar", "vandal", "brawler", or "drug dealer".

We need to educate our children about this. They must be made to understand that such attire identifies them with, and will attract to them, the most base and undesirable elements of society. It will cause them to be perceived as the sort of person they are dressed like and their new-found associates will corrupt their ethics, virtue and morals.

I think that, in the dark and under the stress of the moment, the young fellow in question looked a bit like someone who might be one of the people responsible for some recent neighborhood troubles. The neighborhood watch volunteer followed the young man through the neighborhood, something he did against police directions, at some point, the two entered into an altercation and sadly, the young man was killed.

When something like this happens, you’re not suppose to be critical of the victims. It’s not supposed to be their fault. True as that may be, many times, the victim’s choice in attire should be considered as contributory negligence when it meets certain criteria. I am quite sure, from the reports I’ve read that the young man wasn’t a gang-banger or a drug dealer. I can’t believe that he would have gone out that night trying to look like any sort of criminal, either.

[Update. Apparently, someone witnessed the altercation between the two men and the young man was, according to the witness, on top of the armed man, beating him. So, one never really knows what a particular situation consists of until a complete investigation has been done.]

So why then was he wearing a uniform that indicated he was?

When young girls are kidnapped off the street and raped or murdered, why is it forbidden to assign contributory negligence to them, if it can be demonstrated that their attire was inappropriate? Why were they allowed to wear that uniform? Why did no one ever educate them concerning how men and boys are wired? Men and boys are sinners, just like the rest of us. They are wired to respond to what they SEE with their eyes. When girls push, tease, and tempt them beyond their limited ability to resist, many will lose control (because, in most cases today, self-control is neither taught nor is it practiced anymore), and the consequences are more often than not, disastrous. That doesn’t excuse the boys but, neither does it excuse the girls.

In this present situation, I find it unconscionable for a famous sport team to don the "hoodie" uniform and assume a sinister posture for a photo op, ostensibly in support of the young man’s family which inspired hundreds of others to do the same. They are going about it all the wrong way. What should be done is encourage young people to stop looking and behaving like criminals. The last thing we need is even more legitimization heaped upon a manner of dress and a style of behavior that is not necessary for any legitimate function in life. It’s a manner of dress that, I believe, contributed to this young man’s death.

Instead of trying to force society to accept any and all manner of behavior, dress or undress, regardless of how inappropriate it may be, or what sort of evil it brings to the mind of most people, why not instead, encourage our young people to attire themselves and behave in a way that is non-threatening? A way that does not cause the majority of the people to look upon them with suspicion.

For example, using the "logic" of the politically-correct crowd, I should be able to dress in a 1939-era Nazi uniform, and no one should open their mouth against it, no matter where I might go, even, if I went to a synagogue. Now, we all know that such behavior on my part, even on Halloween, just might result in me getting my backside beat to a pulp. Some things are just wrong, and everyone with a conscience knows it.

Modern, professing Christianity, has developed the most convoluted justification for adopting the attire of the world that I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, I’ve seen professing "Christian" kids who look and behave in manners that are far scarier than their lost, worldly counterparts. I’ve seen professing "Christian" adults, proudly behaving in ways that bring shame and disgrace upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, with the approval and encouragement of their church leaders.

Why do they do this?

Oh, it’s so they can better reach the lost world for Christ. At least, that’s their rationalization. What ever happened to being "in" the world, but not being "of" that world? What about Paul’s instruction about not bearing even the appearance of evil? From what I’ve seen and experienced, it’s just a way for some people to pretend they were something they never could have been, before they claimed the name of the Lord Jesus. It’s deception in the name of the Lord and I find it disgusting.

The lost recognize the hypocrisy of these people. In the case of, for instance, outlaw bikers, not only do they recognize the hypocrisy, they are repulsed by people who have not, in their eyes, earned the right to wear the uniform.

So, I say to the professing Christians, those upon whom this shoe fits, you need to repent. Witness to the lost? Absolutely! Just not hypocritically. If you want to witness to outlaw bikers; honestly, they will respond better to your message delivered in high water pants, button-down collars, wing-tips, and all, if that’s the real you, than to anything you say while wearing your uniform of deception. They may be a lot of things but they are not superficial people.

To those who do not believe, aside from encouraging you to consider at least hearing and considering what God has said, I would like to encourage you to take charge of your children, for their sake. Do not permit your sons to put on the uniform of the base, criminal elements of society, for it will only lead them into associating with the very people they are making an to appeal to by their attire. Do not allow your daughters to attire themselves like prostitutes. Teach them the difference between sensuality and beauty; how the former is external, while the latter comes from the inside and which one really matters and should be cultivated. Explain to them that inappropriate dress might endanger themselves and drive some man or boy to do something they would both regret. Come together with other parents and demand that the schools they attend adopt standard uniforms that are modest and appeal to mainstream society. Even if it cost a little more. Stand firmly against the permissive attitudes so prevalent today. Are your children not worth it?

The row I’ve been speaking of is very difficult to hoe. It is one I am all too familiar with. While, in my case, it could have ended-up much worse than it did, I do not consider myself to have been very successful. I felt all alone; me against the world (which it really was – the world, the flesh, and the devil,) that was conspiring against me; to destroy my family. And the world, while it didn’t win a total victory, it took way too much. I am convinced that it was God who erected a battlement which the world could not breach, my lack of faith and prayer not withstanding.

We are all concerned for the welfare of our children and whenever lives are lost to senseless violence, it affects us all. Still, when we can see the factors that contribute to these occurrences, and do nothing to change those factors, we’re failing our children. They look to us for guidance and instruction and, in spite of the Progressive propaganda of the government school to the contrary, we as parents, grandparents, family and friends, must act within the realm we have authority over. Assume our responsibility under God and take our children back from the darkness because, there is an even greater darkness, from which there is no return, into which they are in grave danger of falling.

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Judgement of the Thankless Nation and other Musings

November 13, 2011

So many things have been going on lately it’s been nearly impossible to decide which are more important than the others so, here’s a few words about ones that have figured prominently in my mind recently.

It’s not long until Thanksgiving arrives and yet, if we were to determine approaching holidays by the sort of commercials airing on radio and T.V., one could come to believe that there is no such holiday called Thanksgiving in this country.

Is this an accident? Or, is it, perhaps, by design?

Romans 1:21 reads: "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."

Is this a description of society today? Many people say they believe in God (even members of the professing church), but their lives do not reflect such belief and neither to they give glory to Him. There are others who profess a spirituality that cannot be named. Since one cannot attach a name to it, it’s impossible to determine who is being worshiped and if there are any requirements placed upon those worshiping by the one being worshiped. Pointing out such inconsistencies is, of course, politically incorrect which only leaves those worshipers lost in the deceptiveness of their own vanity. Talk about foolish hearts being darkened, consider how the great commercial holidays are fast becoming Halloween and Christmas. Not Christmas, as in a feast to celebrate the birth of the Savior, but the pagan celebration of the Saturnalia.

Numbers 32:23 reads in part: "… ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

The world of sport saw some of it’s idols fall. The Penn State football program was revealed to be a haunt for homosexual pedophiles this past week, and the school’s team lost it’s first game since the perversion was revealed. It seems like, once again, the Word of God is proven true.

While, it was revealed recently that the Ft. Hood murder’s cowardly superior officers, having been clearly corrupted by political correctness, refused to stop the Islamic lunatic from trying to infect fellow troopers with his hateful rhetoric, children in public schools are prohibited by political correctness from wearing patriotic apparel on foreign holidays, such as the Mexican holiday of the Fifth of May. It’s okay though. Right? Because, we’re just like you: we’re Mormons. Yeah, right.

This nation is fast becoming an asylum run by the inmates. Contradictions are the rule of the day.

Republican presidential candidates all talk about all the things they will do to fix the problems of the nation. All, except for how they promise to obey the law of the land. The only candidate who makes such a promise, Ron Paul, is made a laughing stock by the other candidates and even the "friendly" media; ex: Fox News. The Democrats, not to be outdone, proceed down their Progressive path with their candidate Obama, leading them like Lemmings to the seaside cliff. Speaking of Obama, since we no longer manufacture anything of significance in this country, how is free trade with Asia going to maximize our exports? How is that going to help create jobs in this country? If our own citizens won’t by Government Motors products, what makes him believe that the Asians will?

It all makes me think of the record of I Samuel 8:11-18, where God’s reply to the people of Israel, concerning what the leader they chose would do to them, is recorded. Personally, I think our globalist, Progressive presidents have run far beyond what Israelite kings ever did. The last verse seems to be our fate after each election: "And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day". I Samuel 8:18. What if we chose a president who would honor both the Constitution and the Lord?

I Timothy 6:10 reads: "For the love of money is the root of all evil". That root has certainly reared it’s ugly head all over the country as these Occupy Wall Street protests continue. Greed (on the part of the rich) and ignorance (on the part of the protesters) have combined with criminals, trade unionists and socialists in an effort to disrupt as much of everything disrupt-able as possible. Toss in a few rapes here and a murder or two over there, and we’re looking at closing out 2011 in a time of such spiritual darkness as the country has not seen in decades.

Still, Psalm 83 sits there, mostly ignored in the pages of the Bible. The Arab Spring lays the groundwork towards the fulfillment of that prophecy as the radical Islamic Brotherhood infects all of those nations, inciting them to rush headlong towards their destruction, and one scarcely hears a murmur about it. The stock market is going up today and down tomorrow. A couple of mothers have passed her children through the fire to Molech recently. Poor them. They are victims of something or other, no doubt. Too bad. We don’t really care because we’re all too busy hanging-up on stupid robo-calls from political candidates clamoring for more money because it’s money you see that wins elections, not votes.

These are indeed just like the days of Noah. Everyone is doing whatever feels right to them, and no one dares to restrain evil any longer. These conditions will continue, I’m afraid, "… until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled". Luke 21:24.

I cannot leave you with such a depressing thought, and neither did God.

"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28 NASB.

Come Lord Jesus; Come.

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My Middle East Land-for-Peace Plan

May 24, 2011

Why don’t we fix the “Palestinian Problem” properly? My land-for-peace suggestion involves flipping the half butterfly-wing of the West Bank over to the east into Jordan. Then the Palestinians can butt heads with the Jordanians over who will control Amman. Okay, so it doesn’t line-up perfectly, but hey; The Palestinians have to fight with someone. Right? Why not their great-great grandparents in Jordan? Next, let’s flip the Gaza Strip down to the southwest. The Palestinians of Gaza can then build their own towns in the “hanging chad” extending into Egypt. Sorry Syrians but you don’t get to build your missile launchers on the Golan Heights.
Were it not for the fact that the Arabs hate the Jews, something like my land-for-peace plan would work. Look at the areas I described on Google Earth. Nobody lives there, for the most part. Plenty of room for the Palestinians to live peacefully, if they really wanted peace.
It seems that Obama has the same desire to see the end of Israel as the Arabs do. Why else would he advocate Israel returning to the pre-1967 war borders as the way to implement Middle East peace? I don’t know. Maybe he’s just an idiot. One thing for sure is, he didn’t learn a thing from George Bush’s siding with Arabs against Israel back in 2005. Remember when George pressured Ariel Sharon to withdraw from Gaza and the West Bank? For that, God slapped President Bush with Hurricane Katrina. For Obama’s folly, he gets EF-5 tornadoes in the Great Plains.
I think the only reason these disasters don’t land on Washington, D.C., is that moral, honorable people still pray for the safety of our leaders. God bless them. Nobody else will, that’s for sure.

Obama Invites God’s Wrath Upon America

May 19, 2011

This is just a quick post. Today should be a sad day for all Americans and all Christians. President Obama openly and proudly invited the wrath of God upon our nation by arrogantly siding with the sons of Ishmael against Israel. This should be a clear sign to all Christian Americans that Barack Hussein Obama is NOT a Christian. He is a CINO (Christian In Name Only) for no true believer could stab Israel in the back the way he has. A true Believer knows what Genesis 12:3 says: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

May God forgive us our foolishness.

Harold Camping’s At It Again

December 5, 2010

Yes, you read that right. More of Camping’s May 21, 2011 Rapture date-setting nonsense has appeared. I wrote about this earlier in the year when it was reported that a woman had paid to have Camping’s message placed on a bunch of bus benches in Denver, Colorado, if memory serves me.

Billboard

Well this time, Camping’s convinced another woman, in Detroit this time, to pay to have these billboards erected in, not only Detroit but, eight other cities. Get this, apparently Camping believes that by lying about what the Bible says, he will convince the world that the Bible is the infallible Word of God! The extent of Camping’s lie will be revealed in just about six-months. Stay tuned and pray that his followers wake-up to the Truth and listen to what God has said, after their false prophet has been revealed to be the colossal fraud that he is.

I would that I could just ignore the Harold Campings of the world, but, as long as they are able to deceive people into supporting their nonsense, I have to say something.

Harold Camping is, as most informed Believers know, the brains behind "Family Radio," a shortwave outlet based in United States. His "ministry" serves as an outlet for some of the worse examples of professing Christianity and psudo-Christian cults one can find, such as the Aryan Nations-like "Identity Christianity" movement. Most of these people would rather drink the Kool-Aid than believe God loves anyone other than blond-haired, blue-eyed North Americans. Anyhow, that’s a subject best left for some other time.

In an article on the Detroit Free Press web site, "freep.com", the writer, one Niraj Warikoo, who clearly knows nothing about what the Bible has to say concerning the Rapture, tried to make some sense out of Camping’s message with what other people have said the Bible says. Of course, it sounds like the rantings of a lunatic, and of course, the writer attempts to tie sane Christians to it by referring to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, which reports that four out of five Christians believe that Jesus will come back. Too bad Pew didn’t bother to mention that only idiots set dates for the Event because, you see, the Bible is pretty clear that no man knows when Jesus will return: Only God the Father knows, and he isn’t telling anybody, especially Harold Camping. Matthew 24:36 reads: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Now, that quotation does not refer explicitly to the Rapture. It is a reference to the Second Coming; the date of which cannot be calculated until the Great Tribulation begins. Since the Great Tribulation does not begin until after the Rapture has taken place, the timing of the Rapture cannot be calculated either.

They also failed to mention that another date-setter, Edgar C. Whisenant produced a little pamphlet back in 1988, (the same year Camping says the Great Tribulation began,) entitled "88 REASONS Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988", with a subtitle of "The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh-Hash-Ana) September 11-12-13." Flipping the booklet over reveals a second booklet which contains Whisenant’s "proof" that his interpretation is "sound." Did World War III start on October 3, 1988, with a Syrian attack upon Israel? Don’t worry. You didn’t miss anything. It never happened. Another false prophet is unmasked.

Well, as you may have already determined, the Rapture didn’t happen in 1988 and neither did the Great Tribulation begin then, either. Can you guess who hasn’t written any subsequent books on the End Times?

Now, I know that my regular readers know that I have little patience for people like Camping and Whisenant. They misrepresent the Church and, more importantly, they misrepresent God before Mankind. They sew seeds of confusion in the hearts and minds of people who have not yet learned to avoid these date-setters. God knows, I spent quite a few years, when I was just a young Christian, in a state of terrible confusion, thanks, in part, to people like them. Thankfully, God was holding on tightly to me because I was ready to walk away from what seemed to be to be a bunch of greedy-for-gain, dysfunctional, control-freaks.

Remember that the Lord Jesus said that in the last days there would be false prophets all over the place. So as the Apostles reminded their readers, I am reminding whoever might read this post. Harold Camping is a false prophet, just as Edgar C. Whisenant was. DO NOT take anything they say seriously.

The freep reporter interviewed a Rev. Ed Rowe of the Central United Methodist Church. The "Rev" is reported to have said if "Jesus is coming, that’s cool," in addition to commenting that Christians should act out the message of Jesus, whatever that means. I suspect the "Rev" is a progressive advocate of the social gospel, which is more about politics than anything else. His comment about keeping "… people in their homes," has him standing alongside that ACORN crowd, which is very far from where the Lord Jesus would be standing. The "Rev" should read Matthew 18:6 again. "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." I would remind the "Rev" that the Word also councils him to examine himself to see if he’s still in the faith. (II Corinthians 13:5)

In spite of these lunatics, we should care about the Second Coming. The Apostle John tells us in his first general Epistle that "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,even as he is pure." (I John 3:2-3.)

Likewise, the Apostle Peter writes in II Peter 3:13-14: "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."

Nowhere are we instructed to be more concerned about the things of this world than we are about watching for the Lord’s return. The "Rev" has it wrong, which shouldn’t come as all that big a surprise. He has his own traditions (Matt. 15:3) that he believes are as authoritative as the Word of God itself. that, in spite of the fact that they contradict and substitute themselves for that very same Word.

So in the meantime, what’s a Christian to do? Do that which God has given us to do while we wait patiently on Him. God has His plan and it operates according to His timing. Creation will be fully redeemed and Sin completely expelled. I believe it will happen soon. That’s where my new home will be. I have His promise. That’s where my hope lies. I pray you will obtain from God that same hope, confidence and peace that He gave me. It won’t be long now.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." II Peter 3:10-16.

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So, What Is It Already?

December 2, 2010

It seems that drivers somewhere in New York City are getting an eyeful thanks to a group called the "American Atheists." American Atheists Billboard

Now, I listened to Fox News interview the president of the American Atheists and part of his argument actually held water. Adherents to the religion of Christendom have no one to blame but themselves for attacks like that. In effect, what this fellow said was that Christianity was not the only religion that had tried hanging the birthday of their god on the winter solstice. Had Christendom not done just that, the atheists would have to look elsewhere for many of  their arguments. So, what’s wrong with Christmas and the birth of the Lord Jesus? Our lord wasn’t born then, that’s all. The association between the two came about basically, as a political expediency (trying to please everyone), for the Roman Emperor Constantine’s government, which had recently made Christianity legitimate. Those events of history are well known. Alexander Hislop’s: "The Two Babylons" and Dave Hunt’s: "A Woman Rides the Beast" combine much of the history surrounding the so-called "Holy Roman Empire" and the merger and integration of pagan religions with the early organized Christianity which later became what we call Christendom, into a readable form. To learn the season of the Lord’s birth, however, we have to go to the Scriptures. They are our final authority. If "facts" don’t fit the Scriptural record, either we are not rightly dividing the Word of truth, or our understanding of the "facts" is deficient. In Luke, Chapter 1 we read of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. In verse 5, we learn about a priest named Zacharias. Now this priest was part of the course of Abia(Gk) or Abijah(Heb). Now, what is a "course" and what is "Abia"? How do they relate to figuring out when Jesus was born. In I Chronicles, Chapter 28, Verses 11-13 and 19, we learn that the courses of priests were given initially to King David, as part of a larger instruction concerning the Temple, who passed them down to his son, Solomon. The organization of the Temple was quite complex and very detailed. Following are some of the divisions of service described in the Bible: Priests (1 Chronicles 24:1-19) Priests’ Assistants (1 Chronicles 23:4,28) Singers (1 Chronicles 25:7-31) Musicians (1 Chronicles 23:5) Gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:1-19) Keepers of the Treasure (1 Chronicles 26:20-28) Officers and Judges (1 Chronicles 26:29-32). The priests and the Levites were divided into 24 courses within their assigned class. Each course lasted 7 days (1 Chronicles 9:25). The service began and ended on the Sabbath (2 Chronicles 23:8). In addition, all the priests served for 3 extra weeks during the year (Deuteronomy 16:16). We’re not going to get into all the details here because I want you to look up this stuff yourself. That way, you’ll own your results and you’ll be better able to share them with those you come into contact with. Back to the Bible, we read in the account according to Luke, where we learn what Zacharias was doing and when he was doing it. This is why we need to understand the history of the Temple and how it worked. It contains the foundation of historical information we need to determine the season of the Advent. I say the "season" because I do not believe we can ever really nail down the exact date. As we move further away in history from any event, our accuracy is diminished because memories fade, records are lost, corrupted, and destroyed. That too, is part of Sin. Not being one to reinvent the wheel, there is a web site you can look at that lays this information out pretty clearly. " http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm ." Having studied the historical information, (You did study it. Right?), comprehending the material at the above web site should be a breeze. Okay. Now, we should be able to understand that our Lord and Savior was really born sometime between late September and early October, not at the end of December. What does occur in late December is the Winter Solstice which has been a time of celebration for pagans, (people who worship nature and things associated with the natural world), since time immemorial. Hislop and Hunt explain in an understandable way, why early Christianity was joined to paganism, albeit kicking and screaming, by the religious and political leaders of the day, to eventually become the religion of Christendom, with Jesus being born on December 25th. The religion of Christendom is intellectually dishonest and that fact was the major reason I separated myself from it. Tell me, ignoring the evidence, that red is black, for example, and I’ll assume you’re either blind or a deceiver, and walk rapidly away from you, whatever your rap happens to be. Organized religion is like that. Unfortunately, people, like the atheist group, see this and assume that all Christians are nothing more than a pack of idiots because they ignore the evidence of their own eyes and, in this case, the evidence presented by their own Scriptures! Is it any wonder we can’t sit and talk with them around the same table concerning, for example, origins? The Holy Scriptures, rightly divided, do not stand in opposition to reason and common sense, even though they do record the miraculous. Those of us who rightly divide the Word need to rise above this Christmas controversy and promote an understanding of the truth. While we may never see the American Atheists change their billboard, we will see many of those who follow their philosophy soften their tone and even some will take time to listen to what God has said and be saved by receiving that knowledge. After all, we don’t want to take anything away from those pagans and atheists; We would, rather, have them walk away of their own free will, having found something better. Some of the supplemental historical information for preparing this article comes from the book: "The Temple – Its Ministry and Services" by Alfred Edersheim. The book is a fascinating, accurate, look back in time to when our Lord and Savior walked the environs of Jerusalem and Israel. The book is available at: " http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edersheim/temple.html ." In closing this session, let me remind my readers that Christmas is not a significant day, theologically, in Biblical Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote: "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." I Corinthians 15:12-19. It is Resurrection Day that should be celebrated by us. Notice I said Resurrection Day, not Easter. The latter is yet another day, like Christmas, that is the result of melding Christianity and paganism together; and just as the Scripture confirms, all you get by mixing something that is holy with something corrupt is more corruption. See Haggai 2:11-14. Yes, there are difficulties associated with when and how to observe Resurrection Day. Most of those are creations of Christendom itself, in a continuing effort to preserve its power and wealth. Perhaps we will examine that controversy later. =-=-=-=-= Powered by Bilbo Blogger

What Sort of Thanksgiving Do You Observe?

November 29, 2010

Yes, it’s that time of year again and, just as I did last year, and the year before, I wondered, as I listened to other people around me discussing the holiday, just how many different ways Thanksgiving was being observed. I came to the conclusion that there are essentially three, if you omit the atheists and other people who avoid holidays altogether.

The first group considers Thanksgiving as that one time during the year where family and friends come together, eat like pigs, watch football, and fall asleep on the couch. The name has been unofficially changed, for these folks, to “Turkey Day”; a perfect designation for their egocentric celebration. Why they make such a big deal over it is beyond me. It’s not as though Thanksgiving is different from any other Sunday they experience, even though Thanksgiving is always on Thursday. Maybe, for them, it’s like two football Sundays in the same week, or perhaps it has to do with it being, for many of them, the first day in a four-day weekend, and hence the special observance. I think it’s just another excuse these folks to engage in even more self-indulgent activities.

Next we’ll consider the second group. For them, Thanksgiving represents a peak of a crescendo in a materialistic musical holiday celebration, which began the day after Halloween and ends the day after the New Year. Another way of looking at it is that Thanksgiving, for them, is just another point on their gantt chart of holiday season goals, which culminate with shopping for deals on the second day of the New Year. This is the group for whom the acquisition of stuff is all important. Thankfulness, like charity, is about as far from them as it could be.

Now, we come to the third group. This group, of which I believe I could consider myself to be a part of, looks at Thanksgiving first, as a reminder to always Give Thanks to the One from whom all good things come, and secondly, as a time for giving out of our abundance, to those who are in need. This isn’t always money, because money can’t fulfill all the needs one encounters in those we meet.

Sometimes, all that’s need is a kind word and a smile. Often, spending time with a lonely, ill or elderly person and offering an attentive and sympathetic ear does the trick. Fix something that’s broken for someone else, without expecting anything in return. Share a meal with someone. Volunteer in a soup kitchen. I could go on but I think you get the idea. We all have natural, as well as spiritual gifts which God has given us to use in His service. The beauty of this kind of Thanksgiving holy day (the expression from which “holiday” is derived) is that it is celebrated each and every time we use one of our gifts to help someone else, but especially when we help those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).

I want to encourage all of you who are members of the One Body (I cannot speak to the professors and non-believers), to remember that Thanksgiving needs to be celebrated by us, each and every day of the year. You see, God has given us many things to do while we await His culminating act of redemption. All of humanity is struggling under the burden of Sin. God desires us to use the gifts He gave to us in the service of meeting the needs of others. Peradventure, through those acts of service, the light of God’s love for Mankind might be clearly seen by those whose lives we touch. Then that they would hear what God has said to all of us and receive the Gospel that truly saves.

Personally, I believe that we, who rightly divide the Word of Truth, gathering as the Church in the home, are best suited to present God’s Gospel of redemption to this lost and dying world. Ever increasing numbers of people are becoming ever so jaded towards the institutionalized churches since the recent exposure of all manner of corruption, sexual perversion and hypocritical & contradictory doctrines. We, to the contrary, come from no organization of human origin. We don’t want or need other people’s money. We have no buildings to consume the tithes of the faithful. No pompous “leaders” and their staff demand our attention, service and obedience. No one confuses the members with personal opinions while exercising pretended authority over the Body. We do not put on plays and pageants characterized by flashy showmanship, mediocre music and bad doctrine. Because we are constantly striving to be true to God’s Word in all we do (and we examine ourselves biblically to make sure we have not gone off the rails), we carry no baggage; intellectual, theological, or doctrinal, that causes people to stumble. We are just families who have been taught by God through His Word and we are everywhere.The practical, common sense things we can do for people in need are far more valuable than a lot of memorized religious platitudes, especially where sharing the Gospel is concerned.

My fellow house church dispensationalists, as you can see, we have been given a tremendous advantage, but it’s not one to be used upon ourselves. It’s to serve others for the sake of the Gospel. Those “others” are folks out of those first two groups I mentioned above, and even the atheists too. Eventually, all the false gods fail and people look for someone to explain it; Someone not sporting the trappings and hypocrisy of religion; Christendom in particular.

Be that someone with me.

Westboro Baptist Church Came to Spokane

October 26, 2010

That’s right folks. Spokane and environs were "chastised" by several roving members of Fred Phelps’ sorry excuse for a church this past week. They crept in one evening, made a bit of noise and then left.

Westboto Baptist Protesting

Local media and some students in the area came out to flaunt their disapproval of Phelps’ crew, in the expected ways. The media subtlety berated them in their broadcasts and the homosexuals did, well, homosexual things in front of them. ‘Nuff said!

What struck me about the group was how much they were like your average political or religious group. I had intended to chase them down and "correct" their obviously confused theology and anti-biblical practices, but I talked myself out of it after the Lord caused me to see them for what they are: a group of lost souls clinging desperately to the things of this world, (1 John 2:15-16), because, that’s all they have.

The Lord took from my experiences with members from various "churches" in Christendom, and with various representatives of different political, social and educational philosophies that I am familiar with, and laid it all out for me. That convinced me that there would be nothing gained by talking with these people. Satan has so blinded their eyes to Truth, they wouldn’t recognize it if it slapped them across the face.

You remember this drawing from a few posts back:


I am amazed at how difficult it is for most people to comprehend that drawing. They stare at it and then deny what it is illustrating. So it is with Christendom. You can lead them to the truth in the Bible. You can explain how their traditions are not just against the Bible, but are actually replacing what the Bible teaches. You can warn them, from the Bible, of the dangers following a man exposes them to. You can even draw them a picture but, they refuse to see it.

Phelps & Crew seem to be under the impression that because they are not "fags", God doesn’t hate them. God hates Sin and they have just as fatal a case of Sin, as every other member of the Family of Man that has ever walked the face of the Earth! Changing your behavior is not the prescribed cure for this disease (Heb 11:6).

They also seem to believe that God is presently in the business of directly judging people for their sinful behavior. I, for one, am ever so thankful that He is not doing that: Thankful that I live in the Dispensation of Grace.

No, God didn’t blow up the shuttle. Sin did.

It is, I believe, our desire to be right concerning whatever our obsession is, that leads us into these groups and away from the Truth. Now, it is true that a lot of these groups, in their philosophies, contain some measure of Truth, they corrupt it with Mankind’s own made-up philosophies and traditions. Where the Church is concerned, it’s most easily seen in the ideas of a "church", organized from the top down, with an autocratic "leader" of one sort or another, sitting at the top, running the whole show and collecting all the cash! The theology of the Church being the "Bride of Christ" is yet another tradition that was invented in Man’s imagination, using bits of the Truth taken out of context, is another.

In the political realm, it’s Progressivism that causes so much trouble. Although, interestingly, had people listened to and believed what God had said about us in the Bible, there would be no "Progressives", as progressivism spins-off of Darwinism, from which comes the ignorant idea that white, Europeans are more highly evolved and are destined to rule over the world. If you follow that trail, you’ll quickly see how things would be so much better if we had only listened and believed God when He spoke to us.

So, I would say to the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who are following after the teachings of Fred Phelps, stop and listen to what God has said. Read His words and turn away from the activity that misrepresents God and His position in this Dispensation of Grace. You’ve believed Phelps, who tossed the Scripture into a theological blender that he operates, who then dispenses the resulting lie to you as truth.

So, does God hate fags? Well, yes. He also hates straights. He hates Republicans and Democrats. He hates Muslims and Hindus too. White, black, red, yellow, brown (I think we are really all different shades of brown, but that’s a different subject), male, female, God hates anything and everything that is Sin. But, God loves the things He created even more than he hates them. He knows that we didn’t chose to be the way we are (Ps. 78:39). Because of the disobedience of one man (Romans 5:12), Adam, Sin entered into God’s creation and corrupted the whole thing.

Once you comprehend how repugnant Sin is to God, and that we all have it (Romans 3:23), you are then better able to appreciate His Grace which is extended to all Mankind, in all it’s fullness.

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